CENRO HISTORICO: CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE
They do things big in Mexico City. Take the Zócalo, the city’s vast main square in Cenro Historico. This is Mexico City’s pulsating heart – in fact, you’ll probably hear it beating as soon as you arrive. Every day, Aztec dancers perform a ritual dance and bang the drums for their ancestors.
The whole area is steeped in Aztec history. The very paving stones themselves were taken from the Aztec’s ceremonial centre, the Teocalli, which the Aztecs believed to be the centre of the universe. Get a feel for the ancient civilisation that created the Teocalli by exploring the Templo Mayor. Get your bearings, and start by looking at the scale model of the Templo in the on-site museum.
After this, why not take a stroll through Alameda Central, the main municipal park? Wander down the tree-lined avenues to the Palacio de Bellas Artes and marvel at its famous murals by Diego Rivera. Or, if shopping’s more your bag, turn the other way for some upmarket boutiques and mezcal bars. Mexico City has a sweet tooth, so you’ll have no trouble finding a sugar fix in all its pastry and sweet shops.
Stay in a palace
You’re visiting the Cenro Historico, so make your stay truly historic too. Downtown Hotel is just two blocks from El Zócalo. Escape the streets and bask on its rooftop terrace. From here, soak up views of the city or take a dip in the pool.